05 Jul '11, 7am

Environmental Enforcement: Exxon Penalty Triples to $1.5bn; Mont. Pipeline Ruptures

An Exxon Mobil pipeline ruptured late Friday, spilling crude oil into Montana’s Yellowstone River, the same day it emerged that a judge had more than tripled the company’s penalties for a 2006 leak at a Maryland gasoline station. The pipeline burst about ten miles west of Billings, coating parts of the river where it runs past the town of Laurel, the New York Times reported. Fearing an explosion, officials evacuated about 140 people for four hours early on Saturday morning. As of Sunday Exxon said the cause of the spill was unclear, though the Laurel fire chief told the AP that high waters might have eroded parts of the riverbed, exposing the pipeline to debris. The company noted that the pipeline had been shut down for one day in May because of concerns about rising waters, but was reopened after the company determined that the risks were minimal. Exxon Mobil said it “dee...

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